Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019: the incredibly moving images recognised by the prize

The winning photos portray plastic pollution, the effects of flood damage and desperate measures to protect wildlife

A photography prize which recognises the devastating effects of climate change has announced its winners this week. The winning images portray everything from small children drinking drinking dirty water, risking cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery and other water-born tropical diseases; to photos of flood damage, the dehorning of rhinos and people asleep surrounded by rubbish on riverbanks.

Scroll through the gallery above to see all of the winning images.

The prize was organised by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), with the winners announced alongside the UN climate summit in New York.

“[The photographs highlight] the impacts being wrought on our planet by its most dominant species,” organisers explain. “The competition also celebrates humanity’s innate ability to survive and innovate, lending hope to us all that we can overcome challenges to live sustainably.”

SL Shanth Kumar, Hightide Enters Home Victim of Climate Change: A huge wave lashes at a shanty throwing out a 40 year old fisherman out of his home at Bandra in the western suburbs of Mumbai. He is pulled in by the strong currents but was rescued by fellow fishermen before the sea could have swallowed him. The reclaimed city of Mumbai is facing the risk of coastal flooding, a fallout of the climate change. The city's land and sea temperatures have been rising causing an corresponding impact on the sea level. Mumbai: A high tide wave hits a man standing outside his house as the seawater enters the shanty town near the shore, at Bandra bandstand in Mumbai on Monday, Aug 13, 2018.
Hightide Enters Home by SL Shanth Kumar. Courtesy CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year

Street photographer, S L Shanth Kumar, won the Environmental Photographer of the Year award.

His image, Hightide Enters Home, portrays a man swept away by floodwaters in Mumbai, India, surrounded by battered but colourful shanty buildings.

"It came as a surprise [but I am] extremely delighted to share that I have been awarded the CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 [award]," Kumar wrote on Instagram. "I'm overwhelmed, not just by the award, but to initiate a discussion for a fundamental problem faced by my city."

Published: September 30, 2019 02:51 PM

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